Olivia Rodrigo's Deja Vu now credits Taylor Swift's Cruel Summer

Taylor and her co-writers Jack Antonoff and St Vincent have been added as writers to the "Drivers License" follow-up.

by George Griffiths
11 July 2021, 2:57pm

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Olivia Rodrigo’s “Deja Vu” now officially credits Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff and St Vincent as co-writers.

As Rolling Stone first reported, the track - which served as the much-hyped follow-up to Olivia’s Number 1 debut hit Drivers License - and its metadata have been updated on streaming services Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. Taylor, Jack and St. Vincent now sit alongside Olivia and her frequent producer Dan Nigro in the credits.

According to Genius, The new accreditation comes from an interpolation of the melody to “Cruel Summer”, a fan favourite track from Taylor’s 2019 Lover album, which Olivia herself referenced as a direct inspiration to “Deja Vu.”

Most notably, this influence can be felt most keenly in the track’s bridge and outro, where Olivia’s vocals, heavily layered with vocoder, carry a distinct taste of Taylor’s “Cruel Summer” outro, where a similar technique is used.

Neither Olivia or Taylor - or Jack Antonoff and St Vincent - have commented on the change in accreditation, although Taylor’s influence on Olivia has long been recorded.

Speaking previously to Rolling Stone, Olivia herself confirmed that Deja Vu’s bridge was inspired by the “yelly vocals” on “Cruel Summer” and that she considers the album track “one of my favourite songs ever.”

Taylor is also credited elsewhere on Olivia’s debut LP SOUR on the track “1 step forward, 2 steps back”, which directly samples the melody from reputation’s closing track “New Years Day.”

The two artists have shown a lot of love for each other publicly, however. Whether that be through lovely comments left on social media, to an IRL meetcute at this year’s BRIT Awards.

Speaking to i-D not long after “Drivers License” was first released, Olivia told us that Taylor and Lorde were her “biggest inspirations” as an artist and songwriter.

“I'm also in love with Taylor Swift’s Red and Lorde’s Pure Heroine,” she said. “Funnily enough, those were actually the first two albums I bought on vinyl when I was around 11 years old.

“I would dance around my room to them all the time. I listened to them so much and had the tracklists memorised. Even today, Lorde and Taylor are my biggest inspirations.”

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